OMAHA, Nebraska — The greatest season in the history of Kent State University baseball came to a close on Thursday afternoon.
The Golden Flashes fell to the two-time defending national champion South Carolina Gamecocks by a score of 4-1.
South Carolina threw their ace, senior Michael Roth, a 2012 draft pick of the Los Angeles Angels, and the left-hander was brilliant in throwing a two-hit complete game.
Roth struck out eight Golden Flashes and retired the final 22 batters.
Things looked promising early for Kent State after third baseman Sawyer Polen connected off of Roth in the second inning for a single that plated first baseman George Roberts. That single gave Kent State a 1-0 lead.
But the Gamecocks responded with two runs off of Golden Flash starter Tyler Skulina in the bottom half of the inning to gain a 2-1 lead.
When South Carolina took to the plate in the following inning, LB Dantzler delivered the biggest hit of the game. The Gamecock’s first baseman took a Tyler Skulina fastball deep to right field with a runner aboard.
The home-run muade the score 4-1, and with how Roth was pitching, that was more than enoQugh.
Skulina kept his team in the game and finished with nine strikeouts after being pulled with two-outs in the sixth inning.
Skulina had won nine straight decisions prior to Thursday’s loss.
Kent State finishes the year at 47-20.
South Carolina now moves on to play Arkansas tonight at 9:00 p.m.
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